As promised, here are some photos from our Oregon travels!

We planned to spend our first day in Oregon driving down the coast, but there happened to be a dense blanket of fog hanging over the coast that day. All the beaches we came to looked like the photo below (Indian Beach), although the skies were clear and sunny everywhere else. We made the best of the fog and headed to Portland.

Portland Oregon, Indian Beach

In Portland spent a good chunk of time wandering around downtown. We visited my cards at Radish Underground and spent a few hours getting lost in Powell’s Books. Powell’s gave me all the warm fuzzy feelings of browsing books in my elementary school library in the 80’s but without the card catalog.

Powell's Books, Portland Oregon

In the Columbia River Gorge we braved icy cold water and scaled a precarious logjam to walk through Oneonta Gorge. I’ve been drooling over shots of this place on Pinterest for years, and it was so much more grand in person.

Oneonta Gorge, Oregon

I’m pretty tea savvy, but I’m ignorant when it comes to coffee. We visited Stumptown Coffee Roasters, and to my surprise a macchiato isn’t anything like the drink Starbucks serves up by the same name. It was super strong but roast-y and delicious. Do coffee tastings exist? Someday I’d like to stand in front of a fancy schmancy coffee shop menu and know what the heck everything is and what it would taste like. Right now I just quickly pick something at random so I look like I know what I’m doing. ;)

Stumptown Coffee Roasters, Portland Oregon

Just before dark one evening we hiked to Wahkeena Falls and had the whole place to ourselves. It was dreamy!

Wahkeena Falls, Oregon

We frequented Blue Star Donuts while we were in Portland. The blueberry bourbon basil donut was my favorite, but maple bacon was a close second. I love donuts that aren’t super sweet. These donuts reminded me so much of my favorite donut shop here in Cary (Sweet Traditions) that closed down 5 or 6 years ago.

Blue Star Donuts, Portland Oregon

We spent a day with one of Daniel’s old high school pals and her husband so they could show us around the Portland area. (Thanks again, Jana and Alex!) Eagle Creek Trail made for a lovely hike. It included plenty of mossy trees, lush forests, and narrow cliff-hugging paths to keep us on our toes.

Eagle Creek Trail, Oregon

Here’s a pre-sunset view of the Columbia River from Crown Point.

Crown Point, Oregon

After dinner at ¿Por Qué No? we had the best ice cream I’ve ever tasted at Salt & Straw. I pretty much can’t eat ice cream now, because I keep comparing it all to theirs. My favorite was strawberry honey balsamic with black pepper (topped with extra hot fudge of course).

Salt & Straw, Portland Oregon

I could totally live in Portland, and I was sad to leave. Everyone was so nice—how do you Portlanders do it? I don’t think I’ve ever struck up so many conversations with complete strangers before or come across so many of my favorite shops in one place. Don’t even get me started on the amazing restaurants. And beautiful nature to soak in, too!?

To make myself feel better about not living in Portland I’m working on a list of all my favorite shops, restaurants, and things to do around Raleigh/Durham to share here on my site. I’ve come up with a ton already, so my list-making is definitely doing the trick.


  1. Amy Lynn

    I LOVE Portland! We lived in Southern Oregon (where my husband is from) so we’ve been through there a few times :) Stopping at Powell’s was one of the highlights of our honeymoon! Also, those foggy beaches! It’s pretty much a general rule, if it’s sunny in-land, the coast will be in a fog lol

    Love the pictures, this makes me really want to go back :( but Idaho it is for now!

    1. Amy Lynn

      It is, in a different way :) I’ve always wanted to go east though! To see some of the east coast states in the fall is on my bucket list :)

  2. Merissa

    What a dream!! I’m so glad to see this as I’ve been always wanting to to to Oregon. Hopefully the husband and I will get there soon. Looking forward to your upcoming posts. x

  3. kari

    I love the Oregon Coast, and my husband’s and my first date included a trip to Powell’s. We may need to return sometime to visit some of these other places you’ve highlighted. Great photographs.

  4. April

    My husband and I just went to Portland last week for a *snicker* Retro Gaming convention, and we had a blast! I wish I would of heard some of these recommendations though, everything sounds fantastic! Luckily we live in Seattle and we’re not too far away, but I think I would of preferred Blue Star Doughnuts over Voodoo Doughnuts (I feel like they’re just a bit hyped up, nothing really blew me out of the water). Great post!

  5. Mnêmosunê

    Oh what a beautiful place ! I never went to Oregon (in fact my first time in the US was last May, and I went to visit San Francisco !), but for sure I’d like to visit it !
    Thanks for sharing, your photos are always lovely !

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      Thank you! I have a Canon 5D Mark II and I took these with my Canon EF 17-40mm F/4 L lens. Except the interior shots, which were taken with my iphone6 plus so I could be more inconspicuous. ;)

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